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This build is being done with the anticipation of changing the CPU to an i5 4690K, but the i3 4330 fit the budget and will do what I needed. Still not sure if enabling the XMP profile has increased the clock to 2400 as CPU-Z says it is, but bios appears to indicate differently. The computer was just finished, and is running about 32 c at idle. I have not stressed it yet, and am concerned about doing so with the stock cooler. I love the motherboard, ASRock Z97X Killer, it is awesome and was very easy to install. Power supply was also great, but I do need to go back and fix some of the cable management. So far, so good.

Open to any opinions about the temps, and if I should go through with a stress test. Thanks for looking.

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  • 63 months ago
  • 2 points

temps are pretty standard, you may want to run prime95 or aida64 to stress it...keep an eye on temps but you should be good. also, why no GPU at this budget? +1

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Dont use prime95 with haswell+ cpus

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

any specific reason why? prime95 causes excessive heat but as long as you monitor the temps you should be good

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Well you can but not for long periods as they get too hot IMO

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

yea, i usually stress it with prime95 while im watching so nothing goes crazy. i use aida64 overnight for overclocks

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

why did you get a so expensive PSU when you dont even have a GPU?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Just my 2 cents, I would have went with an Intel Pentium G3258 for a holdover cpu as you stated you plan to get a 4690k. Would have saved around $70 depending on the sale. Without a gpu, that build seems a bit expensive.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the comments. As far as the quality of the components, I just figured if I was going to build something then I wanted it to be a bit future proof, at least as much as possible. The GPU will come later but the onboard video is fine for now. I'm not a gamer, but will overclock the 4690K once I upgrade. Thanks for the information about the temps, and I heard the same thing about Haswell and Prime95.

  • 63 months ago
  • 3 points

If your not a gamer, why did you buy a 159$ gaming optimized motherboard with multi gpu support and a 660w psu that you will never use more than 25% of?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

My question is: why drop in the 4690K at all if you're not going to game or do other high performance computing like running a server or multiple VMs or streaming on Twitch? Heck, if you're just going to be surfing and doing general tasks like homework you could have gone something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7850K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $139.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Zalman CNPS11X Performa CPU Cooler $29.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $69.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Patriot Viper 3 Low Profile Red 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $89.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Hybrid Internal Hard Drive $78.98 @ OutletPC
Case Corsair 350D Window MicroATX Mid Tower Case $89.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $44.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer $34.75 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 64-bit (OEM) (64-bit) $89.98 @ OutletPC
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $668.65
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-04 06:42 EST-0500

or an equivalent Pentium G3258 build. (Ok, so I like the look of the 350D case. SOSUME.)

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

Please PLEASE always buy a case that you can do cable management with

YOU DO NOT NEED A 660W PSU AT ALL

You spent way too much on mobo you could've gotten for way cheaper with the same color scheme

  • 63 months ago
  • 4 points

My suggestion to you would be that you come up with some alternatives for the guy to consider instead of just whining about what you see as his mistakes. Got a case in mind? Let's see it. Too much PSU? What do you think he should have used? Is the MB too expensive? Tell us what you think he should have gotten instead. Be constructive with your comments, anyone can just whine and moan.

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

It's going to bother a lot of commenters that you went all out on everything BUT the CPU, case and a GPU. Not me, though. Don't worry about stress testing for now; that i3 isn't really overclockable, and you're not gaming with it anyway. Just because parts may say "Gaming" on them doesn't make them better for everyday uses; it's like buying a Mercedes G550 SUV to do stuff you could have used a GMC Yukon for. When you design a build, you really need to have in mind what uses you will have for it, now and down the road, and I don't think this is the case with this build. Did you actually buy all the parts at one time or the different pieces at different times?

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

if your not gaming then this is poor im afraid you could have got a mobo much cheaper than that, and still had all the features you needed and that psu is massive over kill the corsair builder 430w would have been more than enough and would cost 1/4 of the price leaving more than enough for an i5 and maybe more for a "better" case

  • 63 months ago
  • 1 point

OK, I understand all the concerns for this build, but it was my first time and wanted to do it "right". The PSU might be too much now, but it is a great PSU (according to the reviews) and I did get it at a deal on Newegg. I need to correct some of the prices, and will do so. If the PSU lasts until my next build or the one after then I think I made the right choice. Heck, it's got a 7 year warranty. As far as the MB and RAM mixed with the i3, I bought the MB AND RAM to be future proof and expandable as well, hence the full ATX board. Since I don't game, I did not spend the money on the GPU now, and have room to do it later in multiple configurations, if that's what I want to do. This was built for several reasons, but part of it was that I wanted to do it myself. I also didn't want to skimp on the parts. I bought everything over the course of almost a year, and only when the items were on sale so I will correct the prices, but it still wasn't cheap (at least to me).

Have idle temps that have now jumped as high as 47c, and then dropped back down to 33c. Normal or should I be concerned. The computer has been running a while because I am having trouble getting it to stay asleep. I've disabled everything that is armed to wake, but it is still happening. I know that it has something to do with the ASRock Xfast LAN, but still trying to figure it out. If anyone had experience with this board and this problem, I'm very open to suggestions.

Thanks again for everyone's responses, I was nervous about publishing this build because I know that it might be considered overboard but I can at least say that I did it my way. I just hopes it works out!